1. WHAT’S YOUR TRAVELER MOTTO?
“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before” a quote by the Dalai Lama. It’s something I live by. Doesn’t necessarily mean a different country but it just means getting out and seeing any part of the world whether near or far.
2. WHAT’S YOUR BEST TRAVEL MEMORY?
Driving up to the Aoraki/Mount Cook village. It was hard to keep my eyes on the road when I had New Zealand’s tallest mountain right in front of me and the glacial blue Lake Pukaki to my right. I’ve seen Aoraki/Mount Cook from a far may times when flying over the Southern Alps but I had never been that close to her and she was magnificent.
3. IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE TYPE OF CUISINE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHICH WOULD IT BE?
Anything that has potatoes!
4. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST WHILE TRAVELING?
Strangely I think I miss the structure of my day. I know where I’m meant to be and when. Travelling kind of takes that away from you somewhat and it can stress me out a bit.
5. IF YOU COULD RELIVE THE ADVENTURES OF ONE EXPLORER (REAL OR FICTION) WHICH ONE’S WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Indiana Jones – well without the people trying to kill you part. I grew up watching Indiana Jones and I think part of me wanted to go on adventures like that. I think that’s why I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger and I know it is way Petra is at the top of my bucket list – The Last Crusade anyone?!
6. WHAT MADE YOU BECOME A TRAVEL BLOGGER?
I wanted to tell my story. So often travel bloggers are those people who quit their jobs, pack up and move to <insert region/country/continent here> but what about those people who work hard to save money to be able to afford a 4 week holiday every year. Who is catering to them? That’s why I started.
7. IF YOU COULD DO IT AGAIN, WOULD YOU? WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY?
Life? Blogging? Travelling? I think if I could do my travel experience again I would start earlier than I did. I would move to the UK and do my OE (overseas experience). I would try new things. Now I’m in my 40’s I am way too set in my ways to do anything drastic with my life haha. In saying that though, if I did anything differently I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t have the experiences that I do have.
8. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED WHILE TRAVELING?
How to pack! No seriously, it’s a big thing. When I first travelled overseas I packed pretty much everything I owned, thinking ‘of course I’ll wear that top that I have not worn in 20 years just because I am in a different country’. I have definitely learned over the years how/what to pack and when to start over again because I’m still taking too much. Getting a smaller suitcase helps.
9. WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG’S NAME?
Kiwiontheloose comes from me being a New Zealander and I wanted to play on the fact that the kiwi bird, which is native to NZ is a rather shy creature who can’t fly and spends a lot of time in its burrow. Kiwi’s, as people, are known for being adventurous and getting out and seeing the world – Sir Edmund Hillary, AJ Hackett for example.
10. TELL US 5 THINGS THAT ARE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
Pretty much everything on my bucket list relates to travel and I am always adding must see places to it. So in no particular order – visit Petra, stand at the top of the Empire State Building on my birthday, see the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis, visit Malta, go to Germany and hold a conversation in German.
11. IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK WITH THE SAME PERSON AND TRAVEL WITH THEM CONTINUOUSLY FOR A YEAR (ALIVE OR DEAD) WHO WOULD YOU HAVE WITH YOU?
Honestly? No one. Sorry but that’s the truth. I like my space too much, I’m moody and get grumpy very easily, if I don’t want to do something I won’t – simply put, I would never be on someone else’s list so there is no point even trying to think of someone I would like to travel with continuously for a year.